With half term on the horizon, find out what kind of fun can be found in Surrey with this handy guide to the best family days out. From theatre performances to creative crafternoons, take a peek at our pick of family friendly events this June…
THE PURPLE PRINCESS / MAY 29 / GUILDFORD CASTLE GARDENS
Join the Purple Princess on her journey with Epilepsy as Guildford Shakespeare Company bring their touring play raising awareness of hidden disabilities to the beautiful Guildford Castle Gardens. Bring the family for a magical story in a strangely familiar land where you’ll journey to Unicorn and Castle Station, meeting troll guards and grumpy commuter elves along the way. Free to attend, book your tickets online via the link below.
For more information, visit guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
THE PUPPET VAN: THE LOST COLOUR / MAY 29 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
Join Malcolm Brushell, professional painter and amateur alchemist, on his quest to find the pinky-est pink paint on the planet! A colourful explosion of puppetry, music and comedy, join the race to create the most pigmented pink paint ever patented! Perfect for families with children aged 5+, witness this vibrant outdoor performance at Farnham Maltings this June, as Malcolm performs 2 metres in the air on top of the van.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
MAY HALF TERM: HANDSOME HATS AND HELMETS / MAY 29 – JUNE 5 / WINDSOR CASTLE
Get creative at Windsor Castle this half term, design your very own hat fit for a queen, and be inspired by some beautiful images of our Queen wearing some exquisite hats. Why not create your own medieval helmet, ready for battle and check out the great collection of armour and weaponry on display throughout the castle.
For more information, visit rct.UK
THE MAKE SPACE: SPRING PATTERNS / MAY 30 – JUNE 6 / WATTS GALLERY ARTISTS’ VILLAGE
Ready to get crafty and creative with like-minded crafty and creative kids? Watts Gallery Artists’ Village welcomes the return of families this half term. Join in with the outdoor Make Space to make arts and crafts inspired by the surroundings of Watts Gallery. Get an activity pack that’ll include the instructions and materials you need to bring your big artistic ideas to life.
For more information, visit wattsgallery.org.uk
NOVA KIDS CINEMA / MAY 31 – JUNE 4 / NOVA CINEMA, WOKING
Nova Cinema in Woking re-opens on May 20 with an exciting slate of films for families to choose from. Get set for all-out action in Godzilla vs Kong, follow the adventures of Peter Rabbit 2 or get lost in The Secret Garden. Ever committed to looking after film fan families; during half term, Nova Cinema will be open every day with a Nova Kids screening at 10.30 am and tickets just £3.
For more information, visit novacinema.com
STORYTELLING FOR UNDER 5s / JUNE 8 / THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING
Head for The Lightbox in Woking this June for a morning of stories, rhymes and fun for under 5s and their adult. Spaces are limited, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis at reception from 10.30 am on the day. Admission is free, though a donation is welcome.
For more information, visit thelightbox.org.uk
BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY CLUB / JUNE 18 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
New parent? Love watching stand-up comedy but hate to leave the little ones at home? This June, Farnham Maltings will host a very special Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Club whereby you, the parent, arrive, with baby in tow, to be entertained by some of the best up-and-coming comedians on the circuit.
For more information, visit farnhammaltings.com
ALFRESCO THEATRE / JUNE 17 – 20 / STOKE PARK, GUILDFORD
The Alfresco Theatre is swapping drive-in for deckchairs and will be hitting Guildford with a tasty mix of big-screen movies, comedy gigs, live theatre and exciting music acts – all served alongside one-off dishes from some of the UK’s most exciting and well-known chefs! Highlights for families include movies Top Gun (18th) and Bohemian Rhapsody (19th) as fellas Julia Donaldson’s classic The Gruffalo: Live on Stage (20th). Snap up some tickets quick and enjoy some family fun in the sun.
For more information, visit thealfrescotheatre.co.uk/guildford
OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE / JUNE 25 / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Spend a fun-filled family afternoon at Painshill Park and enjoy The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle. Watch on as his wild tales are told on stage, featuring a fully orchestrated score, fabulous puppets and a plethora of songs that audiences will be singing along to for years to come. Fun for everyone aged 5+
For more information, visit painshill.co.uk
THE MAGIC GARDEN / HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Meet mythical beasts and enter a curious world of wonder within Hampton Court Palace as The Magic Garden returns to capture kids’ imaginations. After an enforced hiatus because of you know what, enjoy the chance to explore the historic royal palace and its fascinating history with a fun trail around the garden, discovering legends and tales of the kings and queens who once lived there.
For more information, visit hrp.org.uk
HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES / WINDSOR GREAT PARK
Take in the sights and explore the wonders of Windsor Great Park with a horse and carriage ride with the fam this month. Listen to the clippety-clop of the horses’ hooves as they take you on a trip to discover some of the park’s best-kept secrets.
For more information, visit windsorgreatpark.co.uk